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Richard O'Donnell

Goalkeeper


Biography

Date of birth

12/09/1988

Height

188 cm

Signed

19/01/2017

Country

England

Sheffield-born goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell started his career with Sheffield Wednesday, who used the loan system to give the youngster some valuable first-team experience.

He was loaned to York City in 2007 and then to the Millers in 2008, and despite not playing, he used the experience of being with a first-team squad to great effect.

In 2008 he was called upon by League One Oldham Athletic, and he made his professional debut for the Latics against Luton Town. It was one of four appearances for the club before returning to Hillsborough.

In 2010 he made a loan move to Grimsby Town where he made 10 appearances, before returning to Wednesday where he would make his debut for his parent club in a League One fixture against Southampton. It was one of nine appearances for the Owls that season.

During the 2011/12 campaign, O’Donnell featured regularly up to Christmas for Wednesday, before another loan switch to Macclesfield Town.

In 2012 he left Hillsborough and signed for Chesterfield, before undertaking a temporary stay at Stockport County.

In 2013 he finally got the stability he was looking for after penning a deal with Walsall. He thrived in the Midlands where he was a regular, and he won the club’s Player of the Year award in 2014/15.

That form earned him a move to Wigan Athletic, where he would work with current Rotherham goalkeeper coach Mike Pollitt, before quickly rising to The Championship after penning a deal with Bristol City.

He now joins the Millers on a permanent basis, signing a deal until 2019.